Fellowships & Scholarships
NSEP Boren Scholarships
  • Northeastern: 12/06/2017
  • Fellowship: 02/08/2018

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying for this fellowship, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire. You may contact the office with any questions.

Award Details

Award Website

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Students are responsible for ensuring that their chosen study abroad program is recognized by Northeastern University for the purposes both of academic credit and progress toward degree. Students should consult with their academic advisors and the Global Experience Office if they have questions about the transferability or recognition of courses taken abroad. For budgeting purposes, students should bear in mind that they will be charged Northeastern tuition for study abroad programs that transfer credit back to Northeastern.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

View the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship.

Abroad Award
Term Length: 2 or more semesters, at least 6 months overseas. 8 weeks for S.T.E.M. students only.
Needs Institutional Endorsement

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States.
  • Have institutional endorsement
  • In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Length of Study

Boren Scholarships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing at least 6 months overseas. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1. Summer-only programs must be eight (8) weeks or more and are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

National Security

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Maximum scholarship awards are:

  • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for a full academic year

In order to be considered for the Boren Scholarship, you must first be endorsed by Northeastern University. To apply, please upload the following materials to Northeastern’s internal submission form by our internal deadline.

  • Boren Scholarship Application (Complete with Study Abroad Program Section, budget, and two statements of purpose)
  • A study aboard program in which you are participating in (The Boren Scholarship does not chose one for you.)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Language Self-Assessment Form

Recommenders should e-mail their letters, signed and on official letterhead, as PDFs to URF@northeastern.edu.

Applications will be reviewed by an on-campus committee.

Interested? Have Questions?

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in a fellowship or opportunity, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire. Contact the office with any questions: